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best road tires for 88 944 NA

Due for a new set soon. All make and size input greatly appreciated. Looking for most bang per buck. Thanks.
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Tirerack.com allows you to compare the specs of the tires sids by side and also gives price as a consideration.

It all depends on if you are looking for maximum tread life or maximum grip, because the two don't get along well. An all season tire will last a long time but not give you the performance of a Summer performance tire, or a Winter snow/ice tire.
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I like the Continental Extreme Contact DWS tires I have on my VW. Good grip in the dry and rain. In the snow they're ok, but it's not the same as having good winter tires. They have about 20k them and still have decent amount of tread left.
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Due for a new set soon. All make and size input greatly appreciated. Looking for most bang per buck. Thanks.
I'm not sure your signature reveals your car's details, so I'll assume your '88 NA is a base 8-valve like mine with 215/60/15 tires on phone dials.

If so, I just two weeks ago installed new Bridgestone Potenza G019 Grid Performance All-Seasons for $398 out the door with Road Hazard Protection from local Firestone.

After 600 miles, including heavy rain, light snow and sleet and cold sunshine, I can say these tires are an exceptional performance buy.
While not Direzza's or Nero's, the G019's provide a quiet, supple ride with excellent wet/snow/sleet grip and well-planted dry running.

The TireRack reviews range from 9+ to 2-3 due to reviewers running the tires for 30,000 miles unrotated, unbalanced and on dead suspension components. IMHO

The G019's replaced 2008/25k miles Dunlop SP Sport A2 Plus A/S which were a touch better in dry cornering and 80% as good as the Grid's in the mush.

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i had good experience with contiextremes traction too. but if i remember correctly, they seemed to wear pretty quickly.
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I put on 4 Goodyear eagle GT for my 97. all same size of 16 inch. so far so good.
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With the stock 944 NA wheels your selection is limited. Those Bridgestones mentioned are probably the best you can get right now for the price. Tire Rack's selection in 215/60-15 is very poor. I'll be replacing mine soon and will probably go with some Falkens from Discount Tire.

With 16" wheels you have a much larger selection so in that case I would also vote for the Conti SportContacts. I've owned both the Summer (DW) and All-Season (DWS) versions and have been very happy with them.
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'87 944 na
phone dials
old/worn suspension
good alignment
rotated regularly
always balanced / pressurized properly
mostly highway driving - not racing (if not obvious from NA)

can't dig up details on short notice. might add later.

tires:

Goodyear Assurance
Treadwear 740
Traction A
Temperature B
M+S P215 60R15 93T
still going strong, would recommend.

couple comments about tire decisions:
*check the Universal Tire Quality Guide (UTQG) rating of your tires!
*price of tire varies with warranty
* UTQG and warranty are not necessarily matched, so when in doubt get a better UTQG rated tire! e.g. I seem to recall some tires were cheaper, had lower UTQG ratings, but much higher warranties - to the ridiculous, like 80K. I don't think that is a good idea.

got them at Sears, my standby for new tires.
$15/tire "Road Hazard" agreement: gives you free one-time use of:
* repair to tire
* for 5 years, free tire if not repairable
**not sure if this applies to the DIY crowd**

used Road Hazard once when a nail went in the side (I thought this wouldn't happen to me).
also, they will rotate/balance tires for free as needed.
alignment has 6000 mi /6 month warranty. but watch out if you have nice lugs or nice wheels - they really like their impact wrenches and wire brushes there (if you are DIY, never mind this).

previous tires: Michelin. barely got 30K out of them (though they gave me a free DVD player - WTF).

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I've had the good year eagle GTs II on both of my NA ( 83 944 and 87 924S) they have great grip in the dry and rain, and I've been cought in the snow with them too I was thoroughly impressed. But my 924S with an agressive alignment they went the first 25K unrotated, then rotated them once and went anoth 15K they still had treat to go when I changed them I just wanted a new set for autocross season. Oh I forgot to mention, they lasted 2 HARD autocross seasons with lots of high way miles. Ill be getting a set for my 951 to drive on, as I think ill be changeing tires at the track this time around.
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In my time as a professional mechanic Goodyears were the only tires I saw with regular sidewall blowouts. I refuse to purchase them.

I'm not suggesting other brands don't have similar issues, just that in my experience Goodyears have thinner sidewalls than most other brands.
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she's all stock suspension and will hopefully never see snow or ice, live in southern GA. looking for decent grip and milage. What is max width, want same at all 4.

thanks again
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she's all stock suspension and will hopefully never see snow or ice, live in southern GA. looking for decent grip and milage. What is max width, want same at all 4.

thanks again
Wheels size & width please.
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In my time as a professional mechanic Goodyears were the only tires I saw with regular sidewall blowouts. I refuse to purchase them.

I'm not suggesting other brands don't have similar issues, just that in my experience Goodyears have thinner sidewalls than most other brands.
ive heard the same thing, but only after I bought it. ive read some reviews. some good , some bad.

I only have about 500kms' on them, so far so good



I hope for the best.
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If your not planning on doing autocross or racing personally I would go with Falken ZE912 which is a good all around tire.I knows some guys which been DD their 944s on 912 for quiet a while now without issues.The problem is that 15" wheels doesn't give a wide choice of tires specially in the high perfomance segment.We had a thread here on the forum while back about tires fitment on the 944s/968s if I can find it I'll link you..Btw if you ever get a chance you should upgrade to at least 16" wheels.Link to Tires For Cars, Trucks And SUVs | Falken Tire
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Cookies will take 225/50 no problem, and there is plenty of selection in that size. If by "bang for buck" you mean the exhilarating boner-inducing feeling of exceeding one lateral G in your Porsche, I love the value of the Hankook RS3. They aren't lasting that great, though. . .

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you can buy here Discount Tires for Sale - Tires, Wheels & Accessories | Tread Depot $ 340 for 4 and free shipping the only tires at this price and V ratings ,they not easy to get at this size and all porsches 944 recomended only v ratings COSTCO guy don't wan't install for me H rating tires on my 1985 -944. THXS les
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How about the Yokahama AS 430 215/60/15 directional tire? Are they still available?

After almost 50k miles they are still quiet riding, have kept their balance and have plenty of tread, probably another 20k minimum. I think they have been rotated and balanced every 10k or so.
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Falken ziex 512 from discount tire, best bang for the buck, in my opinion of course.

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